The NFL has been hit with a number of scandals.
And the people that hate football are attempting to capitalize on all of them.
Now deranged leftists are attacking the NFL for a truly insane reason.
Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered a terrifying injury when he collapsed after making a relatively routine tackle.
Hamlin lay unconscious for several minutes as medical staff kept him alive with CPR.
Thankfully, Hamlin appears to be on track for a full recovery.
But that didn’t stop the persistent haters of football to use the incident to push a nonsensical left-wing agenda.
Scientific American, a periodical supposedly dedicated to science, published an inane article titled, “Damar Hamlin’s Collapse Highlights the Violence Black Men Experience in Football.”
The piece was written by Tracie Canada, an assistant professor of cultural anthropology at Duke, which basically means she’s a trained Marxist.
In the piece, Canada argued, “This ordinary violence has always riddled the sport and it affects all players. But Black players are disproportionately affected. While Black men are severely underrepresented in positions of power across football organizations, such as coaching and management, they are overrepresented on the gridiron. Non-white players account for 70 percent of the NFL; nearly half of all Division I college football players are Black. Further, through a process called racial stacking, coaches racially segregate athletes by playing position. These demographic discrepancies place Black athletes at a higher risk during play.”
This is what happens when left-wing activists venture far outside their scope of understanding.
Football is the ultimate meritocracy.
Coaches don’t “racially segregate” players by race; positions are determined by size, speed, athleticism, and player preference.
For example, a player who’s 6’7” and 325 lbs will be playing offensive line regardless of race.
It’s also comical that Canada says players are “overrepresented on the gridiron,” yet that’s where all the money is.
Coaches and general managers are not signing for $200 million.
Canada continued, “On these playing fields, ones that sociologist Billy Hawkins would argue are never theoretically far from plantation fields, financial stakeholders value Black bodies for their productive potential and physical prowess. The league encourages and facilitates rigorous training and disciplining so players can execute seemingly impossible corporeal demands, all in the service of entertainment, money-making, and insatiable fandom.”
It is despicable to compare the NFL to a plantation.
The average NFL salary is $2.7 million, and the top players make ten times that number in one season.
Analogizing that with toiling on a plantation is what makes leftist activists so infuriating.
The NFL is completely voluntary.
Only a select few are lucky enough to make it that far.
For all the players who don’t, they have opportunities to get a free education in college, and now they have access to NIL (name, image, and likeness) money.
Leftists’ strategy is to endlessly attack something until they destroy it or control it.
The NFL is a multi-billion-dollar industry with a lot of cultural reach.
Leftists want to get their grubby Marxist hands all over it.